CompaniesDec 1 2015

Fighting fires to getting fired up on finance

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A former firefighter has joined Cambridgeshire-based Beacon Wealth Management with a view to becoming a paraplanner.

Sam Tudenham, who became a firefighter in 1994, joined the team at Beacon as an administrator.

According to Ms Tudenham, she always had a “strong interest in the financial world” and saw the opportunity to start a new career at Beacon.

Ms Tudenham was seconded to watch manager in 2013. Her role included developing, writing and reviewing standard operating procedures, risk assessments and training packages for 23 fire services.

Ms Tudenham said she planned to start her certificate in paraplanning in the new year.


Ms Tudenham is not the first former firefighter to become an IFA. In 2012, former firefighter Gareth Fryar undertook training with the former Sesame Financial Adviser School.

He said: “Throughout my 20-year long career in the police and fire service, I moonlighted as a market researcher and came across numerous financial advisers.

“Working as an adviser seemed to offer worthwhile reward for honest endeavour and with a passion for numbers, a general interest in personal finance and gaining satisfaction from assisting others, I felt I had found the perfect career.”